Happy Yoga Monday – Laughter Yoga

Happy Yoga Monday!

Every culture in the world appreciates and understands laughter. It is part of the universal human vocabulary. It also helps us stay healthy by enriching the blood with ample supplies of oxygen. In addition, laughter helps to remove the negative effects of stress and boosts our immune systems. Other benefits of laughter include:

• controlling high blood pressure and heart disease

• increasing stamina through increased oxygen supply

• alleviating pain and giving a sense of well being by releasing endorphins

• serving as an effective antidote for depression, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders (laughter boosts the production of serotonin, a natural anti-depressant)

• massaging the digestive tract and enhancing blood supply to the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and adrenal glands

• ensuring a good night sleep and reducing snoring because laughter is very good for the muscles of the soft palate and throat

Photo Credit: www.laughteryoga.org
Photo Credit: http://www.laughteryoga.org

Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga, discovered that anyone can laugh for fifteen to twenty minutes without depending upon a sense of humor or comedy. As a result, he designed a blend of playful, empowering laughter, gentle breathing, stretching, rhythmic clapping and chanting exercises to help release tension. Through his work, Dr. Kararia discovered that laughter yoga is a great way to distance yourself from anger, stress, fear, limitations, and anxiety.

Have you ever tried Laughter Yoga?

Laughter and My BlogHer 2009 Moment@Ragu Luncheon on July 24

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Happy Friday!

How has your week been?  Mine has been really juicy online and offline! 

As you may know, I’ve been having a series of conversations on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015) with dynamic women who attended the BlogHer 2009 conference (www.blogher.com) on July 24 and 25 in Chicago, Illinois.  Our conversations have inspired me to stay on my “grustle” (grind + hustle = grustle; grustle is a term coined by one of my favorite folks — Hajj Flemings, an author and brand specialists – www.hajjflemings.com).  That means I am diving deep into practicing self-care as I work on a few projects.  Laughter is a key part of my self-care practice.  Finding humor and being silly in my daily life have become a necessity. So today I decided to post a photo that I took at the Ragu Luncheon held on July 24 during BlogHer 2009.  Every time I look at it, I crack up laughing. 

So what makes you laugh?

If you are looking for ways to incorporate more laughter into your life, click here to learn about laughter yoga:  http://www.laughteryoga.us/laughter-yoga.php.  Try some laughter yoga exercises: 

A few years ago I took some laughter yoga classes and really enjoyed them.  I use laughter yoga exercises with my clients and in workshops.  It really helps people relax and let go of stress.

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace, Creativity, and Laughter,

Ananda